Dallas (AP) – The Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks with Stephen Curry on 31 points, Andrew Wiggins on 27 points and Luka Doncic on a dunk. 109-1003-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night.
Clay Thompson scored 19 points from two three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their return to the NBA Finals three years after finishing five consecutive away games that gave rise to three championships.
Golden State, which swept Portland in the most recent 2019 Western Finals before Toronto took the title, are sweeping in Game 4 in Dallas on Tuesday. No team has won 3-0 to win an NBA playoff series.
Doncic won the crowd again 2-0 with the Mavericks at home as he did against top seed Phoenix before scoring 40 points and beating the first-quarter buzzer with his 32-foot football to win the Western Semi-Final Series in seven games.
But that wobbly bucket was a mistake on an otherwise rough night in the Mavericks’ 3-point range, which missed the first 7 and completed 13 of 45.
The two long-distance experts from Dallas, Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber, missed all 12 of the three and were 0-15 overall. Both were goalless, offsetting Spencer Dinwiddy’s 26 runs on the bench. Jalan Brunson scored 20 goals.
Wiggins’ dunk on Doncic was originally awarded an offensive foul in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Warriors took on the challenge and Wiggins’ elbow against Doncic was determined by accidental contact, giving the Golden State a 93-83 lead.
About a minute later, with 11 rebounds, Wiggins moved quickly to the right baseline for a follow-up dunk following Curry’s miss, and the Warriors extended their NBA record to a 26th series winning at least one road game.
One of Dinwiddy’s three-pointers led Dallas to a five-point lead with 1:15 left, but Jordan Poole responded with one from the left wing in the final minute.
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The series’ most tense moment came after Curry’s Corner 3 closed 8-0 in the second half, leading the Warriors by one point and helping the Halftime lead 48-47. And that confused Curry.
Curry stuck out his tongue and sprinted down the court after Dallas called a timeout. As he returned to the bench, Curry passed by Doncic with his teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson nearby.
Doncic appeared to question Toscano-Anderson’s words and set off for the Golden State bench before officials intervened with coaches and players from both teams. Meanwhile, Draymond Green and injured Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. exchanged unpleasant feelings about 45 feet away.
After the timeout, Curry could be seen saying “What’s going on?” Then he approached Doncic and talked to him. The exchange ended with a pacifying Green with Doncic.
Warriors: Green was called on for a backcourt violation after a lengthy conversation with official Marc Davis, and Green received the second technical foul in the series when he tried to retreat quickly over the center line to catch Curry’s unexpected long, long pass. . The crowd roared for the craft and finally got it. A few seconds later Green got the call for the first foul and he didn’t like the call. However, he complained to his bench instead of the referee. … Otto Porter Jr., who averaged 10.5 points in his first two games, scoring 82%, limped into the locker room in the first half and was eliminated with left foot pain.
Mavericks: Bullock won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Award. He was active in the LGBTQ+ community. His sister, a transgender woman, died in 2014. After signing as a free agent in the offseason, Bullock has worked for a number of organizations in the Dallas area and has had similar activities for many years in his hometown of North Carolina. … Dorian Finney-Smith gained skill early in the second half by elbowing the back of the green after a free throw from Dallas.